Lena Waithe received an outpouring of love and appreciation on social media after discussing the reason why she got rid of her beautiful hair. The acclaimed actor, writer and producer attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet in Beverly Hills, California with her new hairstyle, which, she said, made her feel gayer in all meanings of this word. “I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” says Lena, adding that when she got rid of her hair she finally felt happy, free and joyful. “And if people call me a butch or say ‘she’s stud’ or call me sir out in the world—so what? So be it. I’m here with a suit on, not a stitch of makeup, and a haircut—I feel like, ‘Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?’” the filmmaker adds.